Delphi murder victim’s grandmother speaks out after Richard Allen’s arrest: ‘Where do we go from here?’

The grandmother of one of Delphi’s murder victims has spoken out after a 50-year-old man was finally arrested more than five years after the 2017 killings.

Becky Patty, Libby German’s grandmother, shared a heartbreaking Facebook post on Saturday in which she said her family now had a “very difficult road” ahead of them and asked, “Where do we go from here ?”

“I guess I’m a bit lost. Every morning I get up – have my coffee – and start looking for what photo will be the post today is the day,” she said.

“Now I’m sitting here without needing to because we finally have a face to go along with our monster. I’m sitting here wondering – now what. Where do we go from here? I realize that our lives have once again made a big change – we have a very difficult road ahead.

“It’s a path we will happily walk because we know that every step taken is one step closer to condemning our monster. Knowing this makes this walk so much easier.

Ms Patty then thanked people for their support after the case dragged on for more than half a decade with no arrests made and no one held accountable for the murders of her granddaughter and of her best friend Abby Williams.

“I want to thank everyone who supported and prayed daily for our daughters for 5 and a half years – who never gave up!” she says.

“Who grew up to love them. I know they smile at the world today knowing that it is now a little safer. Thanks.”

On Friday, Ms Patty and Libby’s sister Kelsi German posted online that ‘today is the day’ as it emerged a man had been arrested in connection with the murders.

Richard Matthew Allen, of Delphi, Indiana, was arrested around midnight and taken to Carroll County Jail. He has since been transferred to a public facility for his own safety.

It is not currently known what the charges against Mr Allen are, but police sources have described it as a “major development” in the high-profile case that has rocked the small, tight-knit community of Delphi.

A state-released photo of Mr. Allen, obtained by Fox 59, reveals the 50-year-old resembles police sketches of the suspect that were made public during the investigation.

Libby German and Abby Williams were killed after heading off on a walk in their hometown of Delphi, Indiana

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Libby German and Abby Williams were killed after taking a walk in their hometown of Delphi, Indiana

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Mr. Allen, a married pharmaceutical technician who currently works at the local CVS store, had never been publicly linked to the murders before.

Shocked local residents told Fox 59 that he always seemed “like a normal guy”.

Mr Allen appears to have no criminal record, although prison records also mention him under the pseudonym Craigh Ross Rentfrow.

Indiana State Police plan to hold a press conference Monday morning to provide an update on the case that has remained unsolved for more than half a decade.

Best friends Libby, 14, and Abby, 13, hiked the Monon High Bridge Trail in Delphi, Indiana on Feb. 13, 2017.

The teenagers failed to show up when a family member arrived to pick them up later that day and they were reported missing.

The next day – Valentine’s Day 2017 – their bodies were discovered in a wooded area about half a mile from the trail.

For years, police refused to say how the girls died and revealed few details about the crime scene.

Investigators have long been looking for a man captured on Libby’s cell phone before she died.

Grainy video shows a man dressed in blue jeans, a blue jacket and a cap walking along the abandoned railway bridge.

Investigators released a still from the video and a chilling sound of the man telling the two girls, “Come down the hill.

Richard Allen was arrested on Friday in connection to the murders

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Richard Allen was arrested Friday in connection with the murders

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Before capturing the man suspected of being their killer, Libby had also posted a photo on Snapchat of the girls walking along the bridge.

The killer allegedly moved and staged the bodies of the victims, before taking some sort of memento of the scene, according to a search warrant request filed by an FBI agent in 201.

The partially redacted document, obtained by The Murder Sheet podcast and shared with The Independent in May, was to search the home of local resident Ronald Logan.

He revealed the girls had lost “a lot” of blood when they died and had been killed by some type of weapon, with the word redacted. The murderer was said to have been covered in the blood of victims following the killings due to “the large amount of blood lost by the victims at the crime scene”, it reads.

Mr Logan owned the land on which Libby and Abby’s bodies were found and his home was just 1,400ft from the crime scene. He also allegedly lied about where he was at the time of the teens’ disappearance, claiming he was out of the area with a friend when cellphone location data actually placed him in the area around of the trail.

Mr Logan was never charged and died in 2020.

It is unclear what information led to Mr Allen’s arrest now, more than five years after the 2017 killings.

This grainy image was taken on Libby’s phone on the trail the day the girls went missing. Investigators believe the man is the killer

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This grainy image was taken on Libby’s phone on the trail the day the girls went missing. Investigators believe the man is the killer

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In August, Indiana State Police were spotted searching the Wabash River in Peru – about 40 minutes east of Delphi – in connection with the case.

Investigators have also been looking for information about an online catfishing account that was allegedly in communication with one of the victims at the time of their death.

Kegan Anthony Kline, a 27-year-old man with addresses in Kokomo and Peru, allegedly confessed to using the fake social media account @anthony_shots to groom underage girls online and ask them to send him nude photos and make dates you with him.

Kline’s home was also raided on suspicion of child pornography charges just two weeks after the 2017 killings.

He denied any involvement in the murders.

In December, Indiana State Police announced the details of the fake account to the public and urged anyone who had contacted, met or attempted to meet the person posing as @anthony_shots to provide information.

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